State homophobia, sexual politics, and queering the Boğaziçi resistance

Özbay, Cenk (2022) State homophobia, sexual politics, and queering the Boğaziçi resistance. South Atlantic Quarterly, 121 (1). pp. 199-209. ISSN 0038-2876 (Print) 1527-8026 (Online)

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Abstract

In the midst of the Boğaziçi resistance against the top-down appointment of the new rector, a form of resistance to state homophobia emerges and resonates with the changing dynamics of sexual politics in Turkey. Following President Erdogan’s demonization of LGBTI+ students as terrorists, police raided their on-campus office and confiscated rainbow flags as what they called evidence of an assumed connection to terrorist activities. This essay examines the process through which the LGBTI+ students at Boğaziçi University epitomize the recent queering of sexualities in Turkey with their destabilizing and nonbinary gender/sexual identities, political struggles against heteronormativity and homonormativity, and recalcitrant demands for creating safe public spaces of performative, intimate, and challenging visibility. State homophobia manifest itself as a response to the students’ demands and to the institutional culture that enables the making of a queer public through activism and resistance.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Boğaziçi University, state homophobia, LGBTI+ youth, queer movements, Turkey
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1075-1075.5 Sex role
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Cultural Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Gender Studies
Depositing User: Cenk Özbay
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2022 15:23
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 10:28
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/42741

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